All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

On behalf of MGRA, we thank all those who organised and attended our recent sustainable gardening talk and bulb-planting workshop. Our particular thanks to Aoife Munn for sharing her time, expertise and wealth of experience with us. We have received extremely positive feedback from residents, and we hope to follow their success with similar future events. So please keep an eye on our website and all MGRA correspondence. Meanwhile, for the attention of residents with a keen interest in landscaping and biodiversity, we draw your attention to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan from the National Biodiversity Data Centre. This offers a wealth of guidance, resources and support to biodiverse-conscious gardeners for all your landscaping endeavours.

*RESCHEDULED 22nd October* Gardening for Nature with Aoife Munn

*RESCHEDULED* MGRA are pleased to invite all residents to attend a talk on Gardening for Nature, led by renowned horticulturist Aoife Munn. The talk will take place in Divine Word Parish Centre on the new date of Tuesday 22nd October at 8pm.

Aoife is a horticulturist with many years experience working with County Councils to deliver courses on sustainable gardening, and as a member of the judging committee for the tidy districts competition. She has a keen interest in community gardening and works regularly with residents’ associations. For many years, Aoife has been involved with the Marlay Garden School and is particularly passionate about gardening in an eco-friendly way. Her work has featured on RTE’s Nationwide.

Please join us for what promises to be an enjoyable, informative and rewarding evening. Both experienced gardeners and novice enthusiasts are welcome and refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting many of our friends and neighbours on the night.

Thank you to all those who took part in the Community Bulb-planting workshop on Sunday 6th October. Thankfully the sun stayed with us, and it was great to see so many residents getting involved. Let’s hope we all enjoy the results of our hard work next Spring!

Annual Estate BBQ 2019

*UPDATE* Looking forward to seeing everyone this evening. We have a full-house this year, with MARQUEES so the rain won’t spoil our fun. There will be some blankets available, but cold creatures are encouraged to bring along their own.

MGRA Annual Estate Barbecue will take place on Friday 7th June 2019. As always the event will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Walled Garden at Marlay Park. There will be food, live music and childrens’ entertainment, with festivities kicking-off at 6.30pm. We will also see the return of the Great Marley Bake-off, bigger and better this year with fantastic prizes (details below)! 

For more information or to inquire about tickets, please ask any of the MGRA committee members or contact info@marleygrange.ie. Residents: €10, non-residents: €20, children over 5 years: €5, children under 5 years: free.

We look forward to seeing you there!

DLR Age Well Expo

On Sunday June the 9th DLR County Council are running the dlr Age Well Expo, an event to showcase a range of services and supports available for positive ageing in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. 
The event will take place in the Pavilion at Leopardstown Racecourse from 11.30am to 5.00pm, and will feature two stages with a variety of entertainment and cookery demonstrations complimented by presentations on topics such as Safety and Security and the benefits of becoming a Volunteer.The Chat Café stage will host appearances from legendary rally driver Rosemary Smith and author, poet, and TV presenter Christy Kenneally.
 
Information about the exhibitors and free transportation to the event can be found here
The event is free of charge to attend and will be presented in two sessions morning and afternoon. Due to a phenomenal interest in the event, organisers are asking attendees to register to attend here.

Annual Estate Clean-up 2019

Please join your neighbours for the Annual Marley Grange Estate Clean-up next Saturday 27th April 2019 from 10.30am – 12pm. We ask our neighbours give an hour or so of their time for the benefit of all our residents, and remember many hands make light work! There will be refreshments and treats for the kids afterwards. We will meet at the postbox at 10.30am and hope for a great display of community spirit.

A Very Marley Christmas

Let’s kick off Christmas the Marley Grange way! Please come join your friends and neighbours for some festive fun on Saturday 1st December, 3.30-5.30 pm on the central green at Marley Drive. There’ll be carols from the Divine Word Choir, mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies and some festive treats. Bring those important Santa letters, or write them there! We may also have a visit from a festive friend to take them straight back to the North Pole. Weather permitting folks, so please keep an eye on Facebook and website for latest updates.

New 175 Bus Route

Facts about the 175 bus route in operation from Sunday September 9th.
🚌 The Route goes from Citywest to UCD (via Tallaght, Knocklyon, Ballinteer, Dundrum and Taney).
🚌 The route will be owned by the state and run by Go-Ahead.
🚌 All fares including cash, Leap Card, annual tickets and taxsaver are the same.
🚌 Leap Card and Free Travel Pass accepted across all services.
🚌 Real Time for this service will be available on the TFI app and website.
🚌 All vehicles fully accessible for wheelchair users.

For more details see https://www.transportforireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Route-175-timetable.pdf

Marlay Park Master Plan

*Extended Deadline* Many of our residents attended the recent information session on the proposed development plans for Marlay Park. Just a quick reminder to those that couldn’t make it that the draft Master Plan can be found here http://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/news/general-news-public-consultation/marlay-park-master-plan-have-your-say.

The developers are keen for input from all park users. The deadline for submission of comments and observations is 17th 31st August, so please take the opportunity to have your say! https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/parks/marlay-park-master-plan-have-your-say/

Free Sustainable Gardening Course

From Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council:

Once again, we’re offering our highly popular and FREE Sustainable Gardening Course to local residents. The course, which was featured on RTE Nationwide last May will run for 5 sessions on alternate weekends between 30th September – 25th November 2018.

The course offers participants the chance to learn how to plant and manage their gardens for wildlife, propagate their own plants (saving money) and meet like-minded people.

Each session lasts 3 hours (9.30 – 12.30 or 13.30 – 16.30) with time split between walks and talks, classroom discussions and practical sessions.

Sessions will focus on alternatives to spraying, planting for bees, the benefit of trees, wildflower gardens, urban food production, hedgerows and much more.

Workshop dates 30/9, 14/10, 28/10, 11/11 and 25/11

Although the course is aimed at resident groups, we are always happy to accommodate individuals who are keen to learn about sustainable gardening and willing to spread the message.

Spaces are limited (48 places) so please register your interest early by emailing aoifemunn@gmail.com

Barbecue in June

Thanks to everyone who attended the BBQ on Friday 8th June. Once again we had a great turnout with over 100 residents and friends attending. There were lots of positive comments about the food, the clown and the musician, and once again we were so lucky with the weather. In addition this year we had the great Marley bakeoff, which was a huge success, well done to all our bakers!